UAE has come up with a plan to curb the effects of racism in general and Islamophobia in particular. Emirati Princess and businesswoman, Hend bint Faisal Al Qasimi has formed “Angels of Mercy” to monitor the activities of people and identify those involved in spewing hatred against Islam and Muslims.
Hend bint Faisal Al Qasimi is from an influential family in Sharjah, UAE. She is also an author and a journalist with multiple works accredited to her name. Hend bint Faisal Al Qasimi has also been very vocal in raising her voice against the rise of Islamophobia and bigotry and the threats they pose.
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Recently formed, Angels of Mercy is an organization dedicated to targeting and identifying Islamophobe netizens inciting violence against the Muslim community in the UAE. In a Twitter post, Hend bint Faisal Al Qasimi talked about the agenda of the organization.
She wrote, “We are creating Angels of Mercy where any Islamophobe in UAE will be captured and deported. People that associate with them are accountable as well. There is a fine line between free speech and hate speech. Free speech encourages debates whereas hate speech incites violence.”
We are creating #AngelsOfMercy where any #Islamophobes in the #UAE will be #Captured #Deported. People that associate with them are accountable as well. There is a fine line between free speech & hate speech. Free speech encourages debate whereas hate speech incites violence.
— Hend F Q (@LadyVelvet_HFQ) November 29, 2021
Angels of Mercy will fight hate crime!
In a follow-up tweet, she clarified any existing misconceptions about the organization. She said that the organization would work to mitigate all sorts of hate crime in the UAE, whether it is against Muslims, Christians, or any other ethnic or religious group. Hend bint Faisal Al Qasimi is dedicated to making the UAE a safe space for people of all religions and ethnicities. “No one is going to be bullied in the Emirates. Not Muslims, Christians, Hindus – no colored folk either.”
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Angels of Mercy would document the perpetrator’s activities. Once they have sufficient proof, post the captured picture of the criminal and their offense and work to get the individual or the group deported from the country.
Angels of Mercy has been hailed as a great initiative by many. Many have congratulated Hend bint Faisal Al Qasimi for spearheading such a great initiative, the catalyst for which was provided by a recent event held by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICIA). ICIA, upon persistent requests from the princess, refused her call to drop ZEE News editor and CEO as a guest speaker at the event.
This is not the first time UAE is doing something like this. UAE has been stringent in its policy against hate crime, and its rules are tough against anyone indulging in hate crime. In 2020, multiple Indians were found guilty of spreading hatred against Islam. All of them faced strict actions by the courts and the companies.